Post Bag Day #12 – 3/10/15 – Packing and Hacking

Lab Opening Time: 1:25 PM

Aleksandr, the head programmer, and his line up of computers.
Aleksandr, the head programmer, and his line up of computers.

With two days until the Team’s first competition, the time is high-tailing it. There is a lot that still needs to get done, including welding and manufacturing all spare/replaced parts, making the control board, putting vinyl on the trailer,and packing up the trailer.

The modular version of the button and Arduino Leonardo wiring.
The modular version of the button and Arduino Leonardo wiring.

At the beginning of the meeting, Jack, the lead of electrical and the president, was working with the electrical sub-team to wire all of the components of the control board. This included a few drilled holes, a whole bunch of wires, but mostly a lot of frustration. Jack had been working on the board all day, and was faced with a lot of difficulty when working with the Arduino Leonardo wiring. By the end of the meeting, Jack had managed to get everything up and running. One new feature the control board has this year is that everything is modular. The button panel is removable, replaceable, to continue the use of the board or to upgrade it easily.

Jack, Joshua, Alfredo. and Roupen delegating tasks for the day.
Jack, Joshua, Alfredo. and Roupen delegating tasks for the day.

While the electrical sub-team was working with the control board, Joshua, the lead of prototyping, was delegating tasks to finish the construction of the new forks.

All the while, Roupen, the head weldor, was welding together the spare intakes.

Parts being packed up for competition.
Parts being packed up for competition.

During the whole duration of the meeting, Devon and Lauren were packing up for the competition on Thursday. Anna and Karin, two business rookies, were laying claim to the vinyling of the trailer; they cleaned the trailer and placed the Disney Imagineering logos on both sides of the trailer.

At the end of the meeting, the intakes were welded (excluding the un-machined parts that we are still waiting on), the forks were made, everything was packed up, and the control board was completed.

One interesting twist to this all was the head programmer, Aleksandr, showing off SLAM which he can detail in the video below.

[this will be uploaded soon, however, videos don’t like me]

Today was crunch-time, and the Team managed to slip through with a little bit of shoving. Tomorrow, the only going-ons is Mr. Black dropping off the pit at Long Beach and high-tailing it for a good nights sleep.

Lab Closing Time: To Be Determined. We are still here.